Our trustees

Board of Trustees

All We Can is governed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed for a period of six years and approved by Methodist Council. The Board has responsibility for the strategic direction of the organisation and has ultimate responsibility in law for its assets and activities. Trustees meet quarterly and also provide ongoing guidance and support to the staff team.

Linbert Spencer OBE (Chair)

‘It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to play a role in an organisation that’s engaged in actively supporting sustainable, locally-owned solutions to some of the problems faced by some of the poorest, most vulnerable and excluded people on the planet.’

Linbert is an accomplished international consultant, trainer and coach who has been helping organisations and individuals to transform themselves for more than 30 years. He specialises in inclusion, leadership, performance management, community development as well as executive coaching. Linbert has facilitated learning and development seminars and workshops across more than 20 countries, including the UK.

Alongside his work in organisational transformation, Linbert has appeared in many documentary television and radio programmes including two appearances on the BBC’s Question Time. He is author of several books, including The Diversity Pocket Book and Building a Multi-ethnic Church. Linbert is also a former professional actor and television presenter.

Ali Johnson

‘I joined the All We Can board because I care deeply about everyone’s potential being fulfilled. I want to be part of movements that seek justice, and a more even world.’

Ali works for Cliff College as a digital evangelist, and is also a freelance digital consultant – helping churches including the Methodist Church in Britain run digital projects. His roles involve equipping the Church to see digital as tool for sharing faith. At home, he is a dad to Ella and husband to Sylvie. He loves coffee, sport and having fun with amazing people. Ali is part of the Public Engagement Committee.

Anne Mpendo

‘Being a trustee for me is an opportunity to serve and give back to God and to society through the vast experience I have in oversight, management, and development at a national and regional level. I have the opportunity to apply my training, knowledge and experience in corporate governance with an establishment that is doing all that it can to improve the lives and well being of societies across the world.’

Anne is a financial sector development and integration expert with over twenty years of leadership and experience in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan) . This experience has entailed working with leading development partners, governments, academia, civil society organizations and the media in the East African Community Partner States to create a single investment space for the bank and non bank financial subsectors. This has meant working with state and non-state actors in adhering to international standards in developing legal and regulatory frameworks, financial inclusion, integration of financial markets infrastructure and capacity building among others. From commercialization of microfinance institutions, development of capital markets, to integration of financial markets infrastructure, her focus has always been on enabling finance for development to ensure that goods, products and services can be made available to all people, natural and legal.  Anne is part of the Governance Committee.

Chris Sutton

‘I love the way All We Can forms effective long term partnerships which make a real, sustainable difference to people’s lives in developing countries.’

Chris is an independent management consultant and experienced trustee, working across the banking, international development and heritage sectors. He has over 30 years experience as a management consultant and as a director in a global technology company and is also a Chartered Accountant. Chris enjoys being part of his local Anglican and Methodist church in Kent. Chris is part of the Programmes and Partnership Committee. 

Geoff Park

‘I have joined All We Can as a trustee as it is an opportunity to use my professional skills to support a faith based charity working in international development, two things I am passionate about.’

Geoff is Chief Finance Officer for the Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance, which ìs the charity that administers the work of the Church of England in West Yorkshire and the Dales. He is a Chartered Accountant having trained with PwC and subsequently worked for the government body running down the nationalised banks Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock. Geoff is part of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Hanna Ferguson

‘It’s a privilege to be a trustee for All We Can, to be able to support great partnership work around the globe with grassroots organisations that are making a real difference in their communities.’

Hanna is a programme manager at the Equality & Justice Alliance, a programme reforming laws around the globe which discriminate based on sex, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. Her background is in international development with focus on governance reform and gender equality, with experience in the civil society sector and the UN system. Hanna is part of the Programmes and Partnership Committee.

Holly Wilkinson

‘I’m inspired by the way that All We Can is committed to change through developing long-term relationships and value the charity’s partnership approach of walking together with local communities across the world. Serving as a trustee is an amazing opportunity to live out my faith and contribute my skills to help see every person’s potential fulfilled.’

Holly is the Communications Officer for the Fundraising Regulator, the independent regulator of charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She has worked in communications and fundraising roles in several different charities, from local grant-making organisations to national health and homelessness charities. Holly has experience of serving as a trustee on the Church Councils of her former local Anglican and Methodist churches. Holly is part of the Public Engagement Committee.

Jennifer Evans

‘I am incredibly excited to be in this role with All We Can. I spent a portion of my childhood growing up in South America and Bangladesh. I have also undertaken voluntary work in Malawi. These experiences are what drew me to All We Can and to becoming a Trustee for this fantastic organisation.’

Jennifer’s career has focused on Risk and Regulation within the financial services sector. She spends her working days looking to understand what regulatory changes are taking place and the impact of them on different financial industries. She is a Chartered Accountant by trade, with over 14 years of experience in the Insurance and Banking industries. Jennifer is part of the Programmes and Partnership Committee.

Jongi Zihle

‘To be of service in the charities sector, with the accomplished team at All We Can, is an honour and an opportunity to put to good use my years of experience serving in leading charity work across two continents. The Third Sector has voted All We Can one of the UK’s ‘top five best charity to work for’ not only for the good ethos and intentional inclusivity All We Can strives for; but what also excites me, is All We Can’s credentials as a proven and respected developmental and humanitarian NGO. I am absolutely pleased to be joining the team as a trustee.’

Jongi is Chair of the London District of the Methodist Church. His background is in peace monitoring and community building. Born in South Africa at the height of apartheid, Jongi originally trained as a lawyer. Before being called to ordained ministry and his roles serving the Methodist Church in the UK, Jongi worked as a respected peace monitor, diversity trainer and legal consultant in South Africa, as well as later on in Swaziland and Lesotho. Jongi holds a Doctorate in Ethics, and is the official representative of the Methodist Council on the All We Can Board. He is part of the Programmes and Partnership Committee.

Natalie Newton

‘I am passionate about making the world a better place and I believe this can be done through change in individuals and local communities. I love how All We Can encourages others to join in their life-changing work which makes the world a better place.’

Natalie is a Learning and Development Consultant and Practitioner. She specialises in enabling, encouraging and equipping individuals and organisations to flourish within the not-for-profit sector. Throughout her career, she has worked locally, regionally and nationally for churches and charities. This includes The Leprosy Mission and The Methodist Church. Natalie is part of the Public Engagement Committee.

Phil Crosby

‘I became a Trustee of All We Can because I wanted to use my experience and have a positive impact on people’s lives. I believe it is important to understand the reality of how people live and find ways to support their livelihoods whilst respecting their cultural traditions. I’ve always been amazed by the grace with which ordinary people often face the most horrendous situations and find strength and resilience they never knew they had – I believe that if we give them just a little help they can make their lives and their communities extraordinary.’

Phil currently works as an independent financial management consultant to small charities and performs grant audits for a range of international donors, primarily in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This builds on his background as a qualified accountant, working in international companies for many years before moving into the charity sector. He has worked at country level, in regional and head office finance roles for several international charities including Merlin, Concern Worldwide, Mercy Corps and the Malaria Consortium. Phil is part of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Richard Griffiths 

‘My interest in international development and aid started when I successfully applied for a Welsh Government eight-week secondment to work in Uganda in 2016. This was a life-changing experience where I saw the need and impact of international aid.’

Richard is the Finance Manager for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, a post he has held since 2006. Prior to this, he worked across a number of sectors and for a range of organisations from multinationals to small to medium-sized enterprises. Richard has extensive trustee experience as a co-founder, trustee and treasurer of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK, as a trustee of Picton Castle Trust and most recently as a trustee of Mbale Pont. He has also been a secondary school governor for more than 12 years acting as vice-chair of the temporary governing body and chair of several sub committees.  Richard is a committed  Christian and has been a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Haverfordwest for the last 20 years.

Rob Mahoney

‘I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and the partnership approach adopted by All We Can really makes a difference to people.’ living in some of the poorest communities in the world. It’s a real privilege to be an All We Can Trustee and put my faith into action by sharing some of my experience

Rob Mahoney is a retired Chartered Surveyor and a former Honorary Secretary of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He specialised in Geospatial Technology and was at the forefront of developments in his field. Rob has provided advice to governments and the utility sector on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Land Registration. He currently chairs the Standards Committee for the International Land Measurement Standard (ILMS). Rob is part of the Governance Committee.

Rob Varley

‘My motivation is to apply my wide-ranging skills and experience to make a real difference where it matters most, helping All We Can to realise its vision: a world where every person’s potential fulfilled.’

Rob is a strategic advisor to international leaders in weather and climate science and services, currently working with the UN World Meteorological Organisation and the national weather services of Australia, Switzerland and Hong Kong. As a professional meteorologist, Rob served as Chief Executive of the Met Office, 2014-18, and First Vice-president of the UN World Meteorological Organisation. Rob is part of the Governance Committee.

Sahr Yambasu

‘The one among many things that excited me about All We Can is that they invest in people, and not projects. The freedom for local people to decide what projects are relevant for their people is great, and also the long term commitment to people.’

Sahr is President of the Methodist Church in Ireland. Born in Sierra Leone, Sahr moved to Ireland in 1995 following the civil war. He ministers in Waterford, and is married to Clodagh, who is also a minister in the Methodist Church in Ireland. Sahr has spent much of his life studying challenging and addressing the causes and effects of poverty both in Sierra Leone and in Europe. He is part of the Programmes and Partnerships Committee.

Warren Downey

‘Having lived and worked in Asia and Africa, I wanted to find a role that would enable me to make a difference in these places. I was impressed with All We Can’s partnership approach to delivering emergency assistance and long term development and also the quality of leadership.’

Warren is Chief Executive of an insurance broking firm specialising in placing difficult to insure risks. He has spent the majority of his career working for the same company leading their regulated financial services businesses in the UK, Scandinavia and most recently Asia. He is part of the Public Engagement Committee.


*Appointment subject to Methodist Council confirmation.